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Politics, life and love in 1950s Wales: the novel that “should be on everyone’s reading list”

A brand-new novel has been described by prominent Welsh author Angharad Tomos as a book that “should be on everyone's reading list.”

Amongst the many others offering reviews of first-time author Gareth Thomas' new novel, 'A Welsh Dawn' is former First Minister for Wales Rhodri Morgan, Jane Hutt AM, Dafydd Wigley, Bryn Fôn and distinguished academic Dr Alwyn Roberts.

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(24/07/2014)

Were the 1974 Lions the ‘Greatest Ever’?

For years the British and Irish Lions team that triumphed in South Africa in 1974 lived in the shadow of the great 1971 touring party that won a famous series in New Zealand under Carwyn James.

But the 1974 side remain the only Lions never to be beaten and in his new book, author Rhodri Davies makes a strong case for crediting that touring party as the 'greatest ever'.

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(17/06/2014)

Lloyd Jones Releases Highly Anticipated “Cli-fi” Novel

Lloyd Jones's much-acclaimed climate change novel Y Dwr (2009) has been published in English by Y Lolfa publishers this week.

Described as a “gripping” and “extraordinarily moving” cli-fi (climate fiction), Water follows the trials and tribulations of a family living in extreme poverty on a remote lake-side farm, following a worldwide crisis.

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(15/05/2014)

Welsh Book of the Year Winner transcends boundaries in new English Edition

Next week we are launching A Haven from Hitler, a volume which pays tribute to a family of Jewish origin who suffered as a result of genocidal Nazi policies during the Second World War.

Originally published in Welsh under the title Yr Erlid, it won the Welsh Book of the Year prize in 2013. It tells the story of the family of Kate Bosse-Griffiths, of German-Jewish descent, who fled the brutal regime of the Nazis and became one of Wales's leading academic and literary figures.

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(01/04/2014)

Bittersweet Memoir of a South Wales Railwayman Published

This week we are publishing 'Fifty Years within Station Limits', a bittersweet memoir of a south Wales railwayman, John M. Morgan.

John M. Morgan (1931 – 2010) from Cymer Afan, Port Talbot followed his father's footsteps, and became a signalman in the early 1950s.

Although the work was hard, to have a job on the railways in those days was a job for life, and the free passes and privilege tickets opened up the whole of Britain to the workforce. Along with a job came an opportunity to 'climb the ladder', and in many cases senior staff had begun on the lowest rung.

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(13/03/2014)

Gower Peninsula Inspires Welsh American Author

Author Peter Griffiths may have left his native Cynheidre, near Llanelli, a long time ago but Wales will always be a part of him. His brand new novel, The Mystical Milestone has been inspired by and glorifies the Gower Peninsula, and will be officially launched in Llangennith.

For the past 42 years, Peter's home has been America – Denver in Colorado. However over the last 20 years, he and his wife Yvonne have reconnected with their motherland, dividing their time between the Rocky Mountains of Midwest America and Swansea. On their current trip there is cause for celebration, on the publication of Peter's latest novel, The Mystical Milestone (Y Lolfa).

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(20/02/2014)

Y Lolfa Goes Green

Printing and publishing company Y Lolfa have decided to embrace green technology by installing a biomass system for heating its offices as well as two large warehouses.

The unit, which costs almost £100,000 will feed 30 radiators via water and also produce warm air to control the temperature of the paper and book stock.

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(13/02/2014)

New Look on Welsh Identity by Renowned Author

The renowned historian Gerald Morgan has published an informal, wide-ranging guide to Wales. Looking for Wales is a pocket-sized introductory guide for the curious and inquisitive reader.

How did dragons, goats and leeks become symbols of Welsh identity? Did Cardiff really want to become the Welsh capital? And where did all the Joneses come from? Looking for Wales answers these – and other – questions while also providing more conventional information on Welsh castles, churches as well as Welsh music, literature and sport.

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(30/01/2014)

“I thought I was going to die”

In a new book called Highs and Lows Radio Wales presenter Chris Needs reveals all about the moment he thought he was going to die following medication.

In November 2010 Chris attended a diabetes clinic check-up. He'd previously been prescribed medication derived from simulated lizard's spit, as he referred to it. He was looking well, feeling good in himself and had been losing weight. Unfortunately, although the weight loss was noticeable, it wasn't significant enough as far as the consultant was concerned and Chris was prescribed additional medication.

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(29/11/2013)

Emotional Story of Paralysed Rugby Player Published After He Finally Loses Battle for Life

This week the autobiography of popular Bala, north Wales rugby player Brian 'Yogi' Davies, will be released titled The Scrum that Changed my Life.

On the 21st of April 2007 Bryan 'Yogi' Davies was playing in the front row for Bala against Nant Conwy. He was 49 years old and made captain for the day, as it was his last game for the town. Five minutes into the game the first scrum collapsed, leaving him with life-changing injuries: a broken neck and damaged lungs.

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(22/10/2013)

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